22-Mar-2011 Source: Enstrom
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation would like to announce that the first three, of a contracted sixteen, 480B advanced turbine training helicopters for the Royal Thai Army have been completed at the Enstrom factory.Â The aircraft have been equipped with a number of advanced features, including NVG compatible cockpits, Chelton EFIS systems, and dual Wulfsberg RT-5000 tactical radio systems.
â€œThese represent some of the most advanced aircraft we have built to date,â€ commented Enstromâ€™s Director of Engineering, Bill Taylor.Â â€œThat we were able to get them engineered and into production so quickly is a testament to our team in Menominee, and our support from the FAAâ€™s Chicago Aircraft Certification Office.Â The Royal Thai Army is going to have some very capable helicopters.â€
The 480B was selected in a competitive bidding process that included aircraft from 7 different major manufacturers.Â Â Aircrew and maintenance personnel training is scheduled to begin in March, with aircraft deliveries following soon after
Enstrom is represented in Asia by Blake & DeJong Ltd., and in Thailand by M-Landarch Inc.Â For more information on Blake & DeJong Ltd., please contact email@example.com.Â For more information on M-Landarch Inc, please visit www.m-landarch.com.
Founded in 1959, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation manufactures a complete line of helicopters. The three-seat, piston-powered F28F and 280FX are popular training, sport, and light commercial aircraft. The larger turbine-powered 480B is available as a three-place advanced trainer and patrol aircraft, or as a three to five place executive transport. For law enforcement applications Enstrom produces a specialized variant of the 480B, known as the Guardian, and the F28F, called the Sentinel. Enstrom can be found on the Internet at www.enstromhelicopter.com.
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